Arnold Döring
Leutnant

Arnold Döring

    Arnold Döring was born on 29 January 1918 at Heilsberg in Ostpreußen. He joined the Luftwaffe in 1938 and served on the ground staff. He later trained as a pilot. In November 1940, Döring was posted to KG 53. Gefreiter Döring was assigned to 9./KG 53. In summer 1942, he was transferred to 8./KG 55 based on the Eastern front. Over Stalingrad, Döring shot down three Russian TB-3 four-engine bombers in one night. He also destroyed six TB-3 bombers on the ground on an airfield 300km beyond the Volga. By day, Döring claimed seven Russian MiG-1 and MiG-3 fighters flying bombing sorties in He 111 twin-engine bombers. He was also very successful against ground targets, destroying 25 aircraft, 200 trucks, about 70 railway wagons and locomotives, 16 tanks, four ammunition wagons, one tank platoon, eight bridges, two ammunition dumps as well as sinking one gunboat, two tankers and two freighters amounting to 18,000 BRT. In summer 1943, Döring undertook “Wilde-Sau” missions flying single-engine fighters on night interception missions against Allied bombers. Initially he served with 2./JG 300. He gained his first victory by night on 27/28 September. From March 1944, Döring served with 7./JG 300. In all, Döring claimed five night and three day victories during his time with JG 300. In May 1944, Döring was transferred to 7./NJG 2. On 30 October, 7./NJG 2 was redesignated 10./NJG 3. He gained five further victories, including two victories during Operation Gisela on the night of 3/4 March 1945 over England. Although awarded the Ritterkreuz on 17 April, Döring was not to physically receive the award until long after the war.
    Arnold Döring was credited 23 victories in 392 missions, including 348 as a bomber pilot. He recorded 10 of his victories by day, including seven claimed over the Eastern front and two USAAF B-17 four-engine bombers over the Western front, and 13 at night, including three victories recorded over the Eastern front.
 
No
Date
Time
A/c Type
Unit
Location / Comments
1
1942
-
TB-3 8./KG 55 Stalingrad
2
1942
-
TB-3 8./KG 55 Stalingrad
3
1942
-
TB-3 8./KG 55 Stalingrad
?
27-28.9.1943
-
E/a 2./JG 300 -
14
3.2.1944
-
B-17 I./JG 300 -
?
22.3.1944
21:57
Viermot 7./JG 300 300° Frankfurt-Main
?
15.10.1944
3:43
Viermot 7./NJG 2 Kevlaer
20
4.3.1945
1:05
B-17 10./NJG 3 Near Dishforth / Fortress III (HB815) “J” of 214 Sqn, RAF flown F/O Bennet
21
4.3.1945
1:15
Lancaster 10./NJG 3 Near Dishforth

Tanks : 16
Victories : 23
Awards : Ehrenpokal (25 February 1942)
                Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (25 September 1942)
                Ritterkreuz (17 April 1945)
Units : KG 53, KG 55, JG 300, NJG 2, NJG 3

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